Kerry Evans talks stopping Laight and making weight
From Wembley Stadium to The Stub Hub Centre in Los Angeles. British boxing has had some memorable moments in 2014. If you were at Deeside Leisure Centre on May 24th you will have witnessed one of the rarest sights in the sport; Kristian Laight – arguably the hardest man in British boxing - being counted out for the first time in 110 fights. The man stood over Laight silently imploring him to stay down was Wrexham lightweight Kerry Evans, 2-0 (2).
“I still haven’t seen the fight!” Evans told Livefight. “Nobody recorded it so it’s still a blur. I just remember hitting him with some big shots in the first three rounds but he wasn’t going anywhere. I thought in the fourth round he isn’t gonna go anywhere so I’ll turn on the style and get back to my boxing. He fell into a right hook and down he went. He was pulling faces at me in the last round so I think a bit more aggression came out in me!”
At 32, Evans is a late arrival in the professional ranks but his story is a familiar one. He entered the sport with hopes and dreams but maybe not fully aware of the important but unmentioned aspects of the sport. Initially turning over as a light welterweight, Evans would force his 5ft 8in tall frame down from 154lb to the 140lb weight limit.
Now, a new nutrition programme is paying rich dividends. The weight comes off steadily and Evans appears bigger and stronger in a lower weight class. He scaled 9st 10lbs a week before Friday night’s fight.
“At this very moment I’m cooking green veg, chicken and sweet potatoes,” says the changed man. “Jay Yates [Evans’ nutrionist] has my week planned and I’m about to go and do my shopping for next week. We’ve taken photos the week before my two previous fights and for this one I’m half a stone lighter but twice as big, looking more ripped and feeling much better.
“My trainer and sparring partners reckon I’m hitting harder too!” Evans laughs. “It’s got to be my nutrition and food. Things seems to be getting better every camp. It’s been so hectic this last week with hill sprints and things. I had my last spar this morning (the Saturday before the fight) and did eight rounds with three different lads and every minute there was a new lad in. I’m a bit tired today!”
Evans’ training is overseen by Peter Buckley (namesake of the famous journeyman) at the Little Gym in Brymbo. Evans evidently carries power but Buckley spends countless hours drilling technique and teaching him how to make his . Things seem to be coming together nicely and ‘Stan’ has been able to put his new techniques into practice in some quality sparring sessions with the talented super bantamweight Liam Hanrahan.
“Peter’s a perfectionist with his skill work and he’s really good with his fitness and Jay look after my nutrition. The timing is the most important thing; timing my boxing work and timing getting my body ready and making weight. I’d definitely say my style is to come forward and be aggressive. Much like an old time American fighter really.
“I’ve sparred Liam a few times and my last spar with him was probably the best spar I’ve ever had. It’s a good experience going in with his background and amount of knockouts. He was 9st 2lbs and I was only 9st 10lbs. My manager and Pete were both really impressed.”
Friday’s fight will be as close to home as it gets for Evans. Deeside is less than thirty minutes from the boxing backwater of Wrexham and a growing contingent of fans are getting ready to make the trip. In fact, Evans will be able to hand tickets over to a certain group of supporters on the morning of the fight.
“So far I think around 100 fans are coming. My last two fights I’ve done around 150 but I still have a few to sell. I’m actually working on the morning of the fight! I’m working from 6am until 1pm and I’m free from then. I do a week of mornings and then a week of afternoons. On mornings I’ll get up at 4.45am and work from 6am. I’ll have an hour or two’s sleep and train from 5.30pm until 8pm. On afternoons I train from 9am until 11am then work from 1pm until 8.30. Then I’ll run for 40 minutes. Luckily I’m not working afternoons or I’d have had to book it off and the lads from work who are coming wouldn’t have made it!”
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Dazzlin Doran talks super-middle comeback, sparring Martin Murray and future title hopes
By Michael J Jones
In May 2011, Welsh prospect Tom “Dazzlin” Doran would stop Max Maxwell in the first round. At 24-years-old, signed with Ricky Hatton and a perfect 10-0 (3), the sky appeared the limit for the talented Doran...however he would not enter a prize ring again for another three years.
After a short stint in the semi-pro circuit, the quick-handed Doran returned earlier this year with a solid points victory over Yorkshire hard-man Harry Matthews. Now unbeaten in eleven contests, the former Welsh ABA champion embarks on his second bout of his comeback this Friday at Deeside Leisure Centre.
Speaking to Livefight just days before his next bout, Tom outlines the reasoning behind his three-year disappearance from boxing.
“I just fell out of love with boxing” says the quietly-spoken Tom. “It was getting too much, working full-time and then boxing around those work commitments. It was last year when I first got the feeling I wanted to box again.”
“I feel more mature now as a fighter” adds Tom who also became a father earlier this year. “I'm less inclined to throw wild shots after getting tagged now.”
Doran would first compete in two BBU semi-professional bouts, winning both handily before he made the decision to enter the pro ranks once more.
“The skill level was not even close to the pro's” Tom comments on his two semi pro contests. “I stopped my first opponent but I beat the second on points though I don't think he felt too good afterwards. I didn't really push for the stoppage and he was insanely tough.”
Doran made his pro return last May; almost exactly three years from his last contest. Having moved from his old light-middleweight division to a full super-middleweight, Doran would face no easy opponent for his comeback fight.
Although he was the owner of a patchy 12-14-2 record, Harry Matthews is well known in the UK boxing scene as a tough and durable fighter who gave Chris Eubank Jr one of his toughest tests to date.
“I was happy enough to have him as my opponent for my comeback” insists the Welsh star. “It's far better to have a learning fight than just an easy one round knock-out.”
As the Matthews fight unfolded, there appeared little ring-rust as Doran started the fight quickly behind a snappy jab. There would be late drama though as Matthews uncorked a big right in the last to drop the local star to the canvas for only the second time in his career.
Doran survived to earn a 58-56 decision at the same North Wales venue he boxes on Friday.
“I felt I breezed the fight” comments Tom. “It was one-way traffic most of the way but I just switched off in the last and got caught with that good shot. I was overall happy with my performance though. I feel a lot stronger at 12st and more comfortable.”
Tom trains in Shotton boxing club under Shane Thomas and his father Clive. After recently signing with Dave Coldwell Promotions it appears the 27-year-old is more than back on track. Last Friday he ventured to the Oliver Harrison gym to spar world class middleweight Martin Murray.
“We had a really good spar he's obviously world class so even if it doesn't go your way you're still going to learn. I had sparred him before when we were both managed by Oliver Harrison and we also boxed in the amateurs (the five-years-older Murray won a thriller).”
“As he's a full-time pro, Martin is always in top shape but had already been in camp for six weeks when we worked together. He was very complimentary to me after we had done the four rounds.”
Note: Murray defends his WBC Silver belt against Dominico Spada on October 25 in Monaco.
I ask the Shotton ace how training has gone for Friday's bout and what lies ahead in the immediate future?
“Training has gone really good...nothing has gone wrong really I'm feeling really fit and strong. My next fight after this one will ideally be for the Welsh title. Dave (Coldwell) wanted Friday's fight to be for that belt but I went on holiday a while ago and didn't feel there was enough time to get ready for a full ten-rounder. That was my decision but after this next fight I'll be definitely ready though.”
“The British super-middleweight division is a very tough one at the moment but I'm not going to let anyone stop me getting to the very top.”
“I'd just like to thank my trainers Shane and my dad, AJ Field Electrical and Mechanical who sponsor me and also a big thanks to all the fans who come and support me.”
Livefight would like to thank Tom for taking the time to talk so close to his fight. His opponent for the six-rounder has yet to be confirmed.
Many thanks to Lukasz Skrzypczak for the Doran-Matthews pic
Stevie Williams ready to make some noise in the welterweight ranks
By Michael J Jones
Ahead of his next fight this Friday at Deeside Leisure Centre, North Wales, Livefight caught up with “The Wallasey Express” Stevie Williams to discuss his recent career and future. Expected to face an opponent (to be named) over four rounds, the 30-year-old Williams is currently 15-3 (5) in his action-packed career and is on the lookout for his next title tilt in the near future after moving up to the welterweight division.
An English and British Masters champion as a light-welterweight, the stocky puncher also challenged twice for the British title but has chosen to move up to the 147lb division after recently signing with Dave Coldwell Promotions.
Since a decision defeat to then-domestic ruler Darren Hamilton early last year, Williams has returned with two warm-up bouts this year before venturing to Italy to face the 24-1 Luca Giacon. The bout was to prove something of a disaster for the bullish Merseysider as he was cut and floored early before eventually retiring before the eighth session.
During his pro campaign, Williams has scored eye-catching victories over the likes of Michael Grant (winning the English belt), 15-0 puncher Karl Place plus an early knock-out of former Commonwealth challenger Charlie King.
Insisting he is in great shape ahead of Friday's contest, here's what the tough Williams had to tell Livefight last week.
LF) Ok can we start with how training has gone for this fight and how is your eye injury following your last fight in Italy?
SW) Training has gone well, I'm not training in a gym at the moment so all my training has been done by myself, other than a couple of sessions I have done in the Seacombe Allendale centre (a new boxing gym which has opened up on the Wirral).
I know what I need to improve on so that has been done as much as possible. I have left the Venture boxing gym as there was a disagreement on whether I should have this upcoming fight.
I wanted the fight but they thought it was too soon from the last fight I had in Italy (back in July) so we have parted ways on good terms. I still speak to the lads and wish them well.
The cut I picked up in Italy has healed well, and I am looking forward to getting back in there on 3rd October. I plan on staying at welterweight now and building up to hopefully title fights at the new weight.
LF) Regarding your last few bouts starting with the Darren Hamilton fight. That just seemed a stylistically bad fight for you where Hamilton just seemed to nullify your aggression; would you agree with that assessment?
SW) Darren Hamilton is a better fighter than I gave him credit for at the time I was fighting him, although I did go into that fight with a lot of injuries. I couldn't do any running due to a bad knee, I couldn't do circuit training/weights due to an operation I needed on my elbow and I went into the fight with double vision, which has now been operated on so I had two operations since that fight, hence the long lay off. Also (due to the lack of training), I had to take 6lbs off the day before the fight. In hindsight I was silly going ahead with the fight.
LF) You were out for a little while after that British title loss but returned this year with a couple of points wins. What can you tell me about that bout in Italy against Luca Giacon? Was it a fair fight in your opinion and did you take it on good notice?
SW) For the fight in Italy I had four weeks from the comeback fight I had against Arvydas Trizno. I was cut in that fight so again I had very little sparring going into a big fight. Luca Giacon is definitely the best fighter I have been in with though, I was cut in the first round from a punch and never really got into the fight from that point. The fight was fair and the referee gave me every chance and let it continue up to the 8th round, where I was then pulled out in the corner In between rounds due to the cut.
It was a good experience for myself and (Venture) trainers Danny Kelly and Sean Trodden and we were treated well the whole time we were there. Big thanks must go to Dave Coldwell for getting me the opportunity and also for keeping me busy since signing with him.
LF) You have scored some very good wins in your career such as outscoring Michael Grant to win the English belt and stopping unbeaten Karl Place in just two rounds. What would you call the best victory of your career to date and how do you see the UK welterweight ranks at present below world level and is there any particular title you're aiming for?
SW) Michael Grant was a good win for me as he was a top amateur and it was my first title fight which also doubled up as a British title eliminator. However beating Karl Place who was unbeaten at the time probably stands out as my best win.
The British Welterweight division has a lot of good lads, there is no one in particular I'm looking at fighting. I will fight whoever Dave Coldwell matches me with and look forward to any title fights I can get.
LF) Frankie Gavin faces Bradley Skeete soon for the British title how do you see that fight going and would you be ready to face the winner next year? Also what are your plans regarding getting a new trainer/gym sorted I'm guessing you're not going to make training yourself a regular thing?
SW) I didn't see Bradley Skeete's last fight so can't judge him on that but it's a fight I'd expect Frankie Gavin to win as he has fought at the higher level. I would love to fight the winner for the title but I'm sure there's lots of lads all hoping for the same so I would probably have to be involved in some sort of eliminator first.
As for training I will have to weigh up my options as I look after my lad during the day and do the school runs so my time for training is limited. Each trainer I have worked with in the past, but no longer train with, has been due to the travelling being too much (whether that's me going to them or them coming to me) and not due to me not being happy with the training I was getting.
LF) Do you have any messages or thanks you want to give out to anyone?
SW) Just thanks to all the trainers I've worked with in the past and also thanks to Total Supplements Birkenhead for supplying me with my supplements leading up to this fight. I'd also like to thank Dave Carrington who has held the pads for me a few times in the build up to this fight.
LF) Ok champ thank you and the best of luck for the fight and the next title run.
SW) Ok, thanks for your time mate.
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Germany Turns In Terrible scorecard - Nobody Surprised
Hardcore fans will agree that today's news title is nothing new.
Whilst British cards have come in for criticism (Burns versus Beltran springs immediately to mind) , our German counterparts have often turned in dubious and in some cases, abhorrent robberies over the years.
Who can forget the farcical 2003 refereeing displayed when Robin Reid was actually warned at one point, for daring to hit their hometown hero Sven Ottke? Roger Tillman came in for worldwide criticism for his ludicrous handling of the bout - from ruling a legitimate knockdown nothing more than a slip, to then taking a point off Reid for head-butting, when no such foul even took place.
Our friend Tillman was equally disgraceful in Herning, with the back-slapping and hearty handshakes with Mikkel Kessler, whilst Froch and his team looked on bemused.
The writing was on the wall, as he then proceeded to award Carl Froch just a single round from the first ten against Mikkel Kessler in Herning. Then the last two rounds, which the Dane edged for most onlookers, he then gave them to Carl, almost to take the urine.
All the above travesties were conducted on Sauerland Promotion shows, and it comes as little surprise to see another god awful scorecard turned in for what most fans viewed as something of an even and competitive fight.
Personally, I thought the ever-economical Abraham's accuracy sealed a couple of very close rounds to seal the deal. He didn't throw that much, but was successful when he did. But evenly I would not have had much of a problem with other fans seeing things differently, such as a draw or maybe even a Smith win.
The opinion I had of the bout was seemingly shared by most outside of the Liverpool demographic. It was a tightly contested fight, from which Liverpool's Paul Smith can be proud of.
The officials scoring the fight however can be less proud. The cards they turned in were not just bad, I'd describe them as terribad.
Judges Zoltan Enyedi and Walseka Roldan turned in generous scores of 111-117 apiece, giving Smith but a small slice of the fight. But the hideous 109-119 by Spaniard Fernando Laguna needs investigation for competency. Smith could bounced Abraham off the canvas and have been lucky to have draw.
Afterwards, Abraham's promoter Kalle Sauerland was defiant, stating that Abraham "won by 5 or 6 rounds", which is hardly surprising - he might as well have said "The sun is hot, the rain is wet and my fighter won."
What does this spell for all involved? well Smith can return home empty handed, but strangely content that he'd have never have won in a million years - and his trip to Germany only further underlines Carl Froch's comments that he would rather quit the Super Six than whup Abraham in Germany, only for him to robbed by the judges.
Meanwhile Sauerland Promotions, whom are trying to forge themselves into the UK boxing scene, have indirectly and directly taken a hammering across social media, with many twitter fans questioning their integrity.
Across the pond in America, Lou Dibella and Dan Rafael tweeted their disgust at the scoring, with Rafael going as far as declaring the scores 'made him want to vomit'.
Last night only further fuels British and American boxing star alike, in their reluctance to step into Europe for a big fight and in closing, whether you thought Smith did just enough or not - it was yet another bad night for the sport.
Hearn Disappointed : No reply from McGuigan or Frampton
Promoter Eddie Hearn is annoyed that his efforts to stage talks to put on Carl Frampton versus Scott Quigg has been met by total silence from Team Frampton.
"I don't know what's going on. I've emailed McGuigan and had no reply." said Hearn "Nobody has been in touch or got back to me to make that fight which is disappointing."
"The priority is to make the kids as much money as possible. I believe it can be a pay per view fight on Sky, they cannot make any money anywhere near this anywhere else.
"So someone is not doing their job right. It's annoying, it's really annoying."
Earlier this month Carl Frampton captured the IBF Super bantamweight title from previous victim Kiko Martinez, whilst Quigg made a routine defence of his WBA regular world title - which many thought would pave the way to a unification. But it would seem, for now at least, that's not the case.
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